Fahrenheit 451 Study Guide Part 1

What do firemen do in the world of Fahrenheit 451? Start fires to burn books
What is written on the firemen’s helmets? # 451
What are the two professional symbols that Montag wears? The Phoenix and the salamander
What does Montag say he always smells like? Kerosene
Who does Guy Montag run into on his way home? Clarisse McCllelan
Why is it ironic that so many people are afraid of firemen? In our world, firemen are looked to as safety, while in the world of Fahrenheit 451, people fear them.
How do the doors work? They are touch screen.
What is etched on Montag’s igniter? A salamander
What did Montag hit with his foot? The empty crystal bottle of sleeping pills
What is Montag’s wife’s name? Mildred Montag
What are the two machines being used on Montag’s wife? What do they do? Eye and suction snakeEye- sees things in the bodySuction snake- sucks out bad fluods
Where does the laughter that Montag hears come from? Clarisse’s house
Explain Montag’s toaster. What does it do? It is seized by a spidery metal hand that drenches the toast with melted butter and then delivers it to the person.
What did Mildred have in her ears? Seashell ear thimbles
What did Mildred remember of the night before? Or what did she pretend to remember? She doesn’t remember anything and pretends that there was a party.
What kind of program is Mildred going to watch in the afternoon? A play
Explain Montag’s television. What does Mildred want for the television that Montag claims they cannot afford? The television is 3 walls long but Mildred wants 4.
What does Clarisse rub under her chin? Why? A dandelion to see if she was in love.
What does Clarisse’s psychiatrist want to know? She wants to know why she goes out and hikes in the forest, watching birds and collecting butterflies.
According to Clarisse, how is Montag “not like the others”? He listens to her talk and puts up with her.
Describe the Mechanical Hound. It’s a machine that stabs people.
What do the firemen bet on dull nights? Which animal the Hound will seize first.
What happens when Montag touches the muzzle of the Mechanical Hound? The Hound growled
How did Montag escape the Hound and get to the upper level of the firehouse? He grabbed the brass pole and the pole slid upward through the ceiling.
What is Montag’s theory on why the Hound reacted the way it did? Someone set up the Hound’s ‘memory’, a touch of amino acids.
How many times before had the Hound reacted this way toward Montag? Twice
Why has Montag never had any children? His wife never wanted to have any children.
What is different about Montag’s laugh? It’s much more relaxed.
Explain a school day in the world of Fahrenheit 451. An hour of TV class, an hour of either basketball, baseball, running, an hour of transcription, history, or painting, more sports, and 4 hours of film teachers.
Why does Clarisse find it odd that people find her to be antisocial? She’s very social.
Name one thing that Clarisse talks about that is different today than in the past. Children that kill each other at her own age.
What did the radio in the firehouse say? “War may be declared at any hour”.
What happens to people that try to fool the government? They are sent to an asylum.
How is the fire engine described? As an orange dragon
Who started the fire at Mrs. Blake’s house? The woman (Mrs. Blake)
Who comes to visit Montag? Captain Beatty
What does Mildred find behind Montag’s pillow? A book

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